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Trump warns Erdogan not to challenge US

Trump warns Erdogan not to challenge US

USA officials speaking in Ankara on Wednesday said the Syrian Kurdish fighters in Afrin are not part of the group that received help from the US -led coalition in driving out IS from most of northeastern Syria.

Meanwhile, U.S. authorities are reportedly in the process of considering a massive fine against the Turkish state-owned lender Halkbank in connection with Iran sanctions busting, following a conviction in NY of one of its senior executives.

Since mid-November 2017, the nearly 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta have been subjected to airstrikes, shelling and bombardment on an almost daily basis by regime forces and its allies. "Turkey is attacking us under Russian cover and support, so how can we head to a conference that Ankara is attending and which has been called for by Russia?" he wondered.

The agreement, the latest in a long line of short-lived truces for Syria, was announced on the second and last day of a United Nations -mediated round of peace talks in the Austrian capital.

In December, he said, no aid was delivered to over 417,000 people in nine "besieged" locations.

The statement by the Turkish General Staff comes a day after the Syrian Democratic Forces' press service reported the deaths of 308 Turkish servicemen in the Olive Branch operation in Afrin.

The onslaught has stirred diplomatic tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Turkey and the United States.




Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.

We wanted to urge "the Canadian federal government not to remain silent, and to interfere and have a reaction about this brutality [by Turkey] against the Kurdish civilians of Afrin and Rojava", Wany said.

USA forces were deployed in and around Manbij to deter Turkish and US -backed rebels from attacking each other and have also carried out training missions in the area.

The Turkish operation appears limited exclusively against Kurdish militias that control the city and its countryside.

"Operations are being held in Afrin successfully", the message said. "Until trust is instilled again, it is not right for these issues to be discussed", Çavuşoğlu said, according to Daily Sabah. At least 134 civilians were wounded in the weeklong clashes, it added.

This is not the first time the US has promised to stop supporting Kurdish militias in Syria with arms: In December 2017, US Defense Secretary James Mattis made a statement to similar effect.

U.S. -Turkish relations have suffered another blow, with Ankara and Washington disputing each other's version of a telephone call Wednesday between the U.S. and Turkish presidents aimed at defusing tensions over Turkish-led forces' intervention in Syria. "All of this is driven by Turkey's domestic political situation and Erdogan's upcoming presidential campaign in 2019, about which he is extremely nervous", says Edelman. Erdogan said, referring to the United States. "But how can a strategic partner do such a thing to its strategic partner?" Manbij is 100 km away from Afrin. The Assad government and Iran have displaced roughly half of Syria's 22 million people during seven years of civil war, and have begun to replace Syrian Sunnis with Shi'ite colonists from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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